Building a strong, sustainable economy with good jobs for people is a priority for Premier Horgan and the B.C. New Democrat government. Since July, the B.C. government:
- Travelled to Ottawa and Washington DC to fight for a fair deal on softwood lumber that is good for B.C. forest workers, our industry, and the communities that depend on it.
- Appointed a Climate Solutions and Clean Growth Advisory Council that is tasked with providing a roadmap to building a strong, sustainable economy that benefits everyone.
- Cut the small business tax rate from 2.5 per cent to 2 per cent and phased out the PST on electricity for all businesses.
- Opened new B.C. Trade and Investment Representative Offices in San Francisco and Seattle to expand the province’s trade presence in the U.S., and give B.C. businesses unprecedented access to the talent, capital and investment they need to grow.
- Took steps to strengthen bonds between B.C. and Washington State to improve transportation links and expand innovative industries like the job-creating tech sector.
- Led British Columbia’s largest-ever forestry trade mission to Asia, focused on strengthening ties in China and Japan, and further diversification of markets for B.C.’s high-value wood products.
- Worked with the city of Vancouver to announce Amazon’s plans to double the size of its professional workforce in B.C. with 1,000 new tech jobs in Vancouver.
- Announced 1,000 jobs at Burnaby-based cybersecurity company Fortinet.
- Worked with Pembina to announce more than $250 million in new investment with their liquefied petroleum export terminal near Prince Rupert, creating about 200 construction jobs and 20 to 30 full-time positions.
Quote from Premier John Horgan:
“People need good paying jobs and the chance to get ahead. We’re building a better B.C. with good jobs and a strong, sustainable, and innovative economy that puts people first.”